Originally I had wanted to start a blog about the world of personal cheffing (as you can see from my one and only post in February 2008). Obviously I never got around to that. I wanted to start a more personal blog, my other blog is by choice informational only. But after reading so many incredible blogs out there, I felt inspired. I am not insinuating that my blog will be inspiring; I am just inspired to do more.
The last few years have been both exciting and exhausting. When I decided to start my own business, I had no idea how much work and energy it would take. Being a personal chef is so much more than cooking for clients. It includes marketing, networking, bookkeeping along with the menu planning and general office work, grocery shopping and schlepping food and equipment. Needless to say, I don’t take enough time for myself and have had periods of exhaustion.
Being around food and working with clients who have food allergies and insensitivities, I have often wondered about how my diet plays into my physically well being. I have however, never taken the time to experiment with how specific food effects how I feel and my general energy level. I want to also add that I suffer regular headaches (I don’t think actual migraines although they can be very severe) and keeping a journal of food and activities is another one of those items on my to-do list that I never quite get around to doing. The headaches are Riebow things – most with the Riebow bloodline get them. We all have varying degrees of them and my sister spent several years with doctors and neurologists trying to find a cause – they never did. I find that overcast days are my worst, but have always wondering if food doesn’t play a role as well.
The last year has been a roller coaster for me. Last summer (actually 1 year and 5 days ago) I got married. We were engaged in the spring and planned an August wedding, so last year was a blur of planning and parties. I worked out to be in the best shape I could be for the big day. It was honestly the best day of my life (so far) but afterward I was beat! I didn’t have the energy to workout, I didn’t have the energy to care what I ate (and it didn’t matter since I wasn’t trying to squeeze into a dress – ha ha).
By spring, I had gained back the 15 pounds I had lost and my poor body ached. My bones ached every day and I would come home at the end of the day too exhausted to make dinner or care about it. Thank goodness my husband is a saint and he takes great care of me! Also for the last year or so, I have been looking for a general care practitioner who I liked, who had similar wellness philosophies as I did and who didn’t wipe out the prescription paid within 2 minutes of seeing me and offer me a pill to cure my ailments.
Early this summer, I finally found a Nurse Practitioner that I love! She is amazing and exactly what I have been looking for. She ran lots of tests and I am fit as a fiddle. She did recommend I cut gluten and sugar from my diet for one month. She explained that these can be stressful on our adrenal glands and that when the glands are stressed, it can cause fatigue. It was early July when we had this discussion and with my birthday two short weeks away, I decided to wait until after my birthday to start a gluten-free and sugar-free ride.
And so I am changing the focus of this blog to reflect on what it is like for me to be gluten-free, my day-to-day struggles and triumphs.